Arturo Delmoni’s playing of the Brahms First Sonata is tender and evocative, but with penetrating psychological insights. The Amy Beach sonata is a neglected masterpiece. Astounding double-stopping, singing lyricism, and a warm recording acoustic make this CD particularly treasureable.
"Beautiful, strong performances of two sonatas that have more in common than one would have imagined—the taut, nostalgic introspection of the Brahms is complemented by the voluptuous, yet restrained, chromaticism of the Beach. Delmoni and Funahashi perform as full partners here—the piano is not restricted to playing a support role for a virtuosic violin—and this brings a well-considered strength to these performances. And the spacious soundRead more is first-rate: there’s brilliant string tone ripe with harmonic overtones, while the piano sounds warm and full-bodied. Unreservedly, enthusiastically recommended." -- Wes Philips, Stereophile
"The Brahms begins with an arching, patient nobility which proves to be the keynote of both interpretations. Delmoni's tone is golden; his phrasing positively eloquent... Magnificent interpretations... uncommon realism..." -- Harris Goldsmith, Fi magazine
"Arturo Delmoni’s burnished tone and singing line make this an attractive issue of a Brahms masterpiece and a substantial, but less well known work by Amy Beach. … Delmoni and pianist Yuri Funahashi project a strong identification with both pieces and with each other… . Brahms’ lyrical side certainly inspires Delmoni, but drama and intensity are also convincingly projected. [C]ompelling musicianship…" -- Arthur Paxton, The Audiophile Voice Read less